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good morning. center stage. sarah palin firing up a crowd in iowa. it is the traditional starting line in the race for president, so is palin ready to run? crossing the line after his daughter was allegedly bullied. an outraged father takes matters into his own hands, going after students on a school bus. police say he went too far. now the question, what would you do? and failing the test. just a few weeks after being released from rehab, lindsay lohan says she's failed her latest drug test. could she be heading back to jail? a new setback for the troubled star, "today," saturday, a new setback for the troubled star, "today," saturday, september 18th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. we're all certainly glad to have you back in the seat this morning. >> i'm glad to be here. i went east a little bit. so i'm wide awake. >> that's good. >> it's good to be back. we've got a lot to tell you about this morning. for sarah palin the big question people have been asking, will she or won't she run for president? but when you go to iowa a couple years before the election, that starts the talk all over again. it was the important state of iowa, palin spoke at a major republican gathering last night. that only heightened speculation about a possible run in 2012. we'll look at the possibilities in just a few minutes. >> all right. and then plenty of stormy weather, especially while you were gone. after hurricane karl swept onto the gulf coast of mexico friday we're now watching hurricane igor as it gains power in the atlantic. forecasters say it is on a track to hit bermuda hard tomorrow.
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we will have the latest coming up. >> plus we have an extraordinary story about a young mother who suffered a heart attack. she stopped breathing for well over an hour and then against the odds returned to life. doctors are calling her the miracle girl. we'll speak with her live a bit later. >> and on television a new season with some old friends from william shatner to tom selleck, to the timeless betty white. we will look at why tv executives are going back to the future. >> all my old shows right there. but first, sarah palin in iowa last night. nbc's mike viqueira has more on that and all the talk it's causing. mike, good morning. >> good morning, lester. she's become her party's most powerful and influential figure. now the question is will she, can she, translate that popularity with the republican base to a successful presidential run? sarah palin in iowa. >> showing love to the home team. >> reporter: getting a raucous welcome from party faithful at the site of the first presidential battleground, palin
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laughed off speculation about her plans for an oval office run. >> todd says, i don't know, i think you should go downstairs to run on that treadmill. i said why would i want to stay indoors? todd says, i guarantee you, if anybody spots you in the tennis shoes, the headline's going to be, vanity fair, they're going to say, palin in iowa, decides to run. >> reporter: fresh off a string of primary victories for candidates she had backed, palin was disdainful of leaders in her own party who had opposed her. >> i don't really know who they are, who strategized and organized up in that hierarchy in the gop machine. >> reporter: but with just 45 days to go before midterm elections, and republicans on the verge of big gains, palin also issued a call for party unity. >> this is it, gop. this is our time. we can't below it, gop. >> reporter: but many are looking beyond november. and her decision to travel to iowa, a path well-worn by presidential hopefuls, is seen by some as a sign that she will
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run. >> given the enormous support she's got and the people who are winning whom she's endorsed i think there's going to be an enormous grassroots movement clamoring for her to get in the race. a movement which would be profoundly disappointed if she does not. >> reporter: but palin's popularity isn't universal. she has no backing on the left and many independents are lukewarm. even some republicans have doubts. experts say it all makes for a rough road for palin if she does decide to run. >> but it will be hard for her to broaden her appeal, because she seems to go back to the same kind of messages, the same kind of language, the same kind of style. it's a folksy style that really energizes some people, but frankly turns off others. >> reporter: and, amy, despite her rock star greeting last night in iowa, experts say that if she really wants to run there in those caucuses she's got to be there a lot, shaking hands, going to the fairs, eating all that fair food. and to make matters worse, or perhaps more daunting for sarah palin, a recent republican party
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poll has her fourth in the stakes. amy? >> mike viqueira, thanks so much. for more we're joined by chris matth matthews, host of "hardball on msnbc." >> good morning, amy. >> this was no ordinary speech by sarah palin in iowa. this is the speech that could ors who forically has signalled a run for president. she's been very visible since her 2008 campaign. but not so much in iowa. is she testing the waters among republican fors support? >> well, we presented that she'd make that teasing line about running as being seen as running if she went out jogging. the fact is she's teasing pretty hard and i think she's going to run. and the reason is, she can win in iowa. if she runs as a christian conservative woman, is the way that she's framing herself, against four or five guys, the field is set for her to win. she wins in iowa, that's 50% of the fight. then she goes on, does decently well in new hampshire, where mitt romney will get no credit, even if he wins, because he's from that media market. she goes to south carolina, wins big again with the evangelical baptists, she goes back to
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michigan and knocks off romney. it's very seeable if you look down the road for her to win. >> and making headlines this week, sarah palin in her endorsement of christine o'donnell in delaware. everyone saying she has the midous touch. although she didn't necessarily win all of those endorsements. she didn't have such a great outcome throughout the primaries this week. but if you're a republican, getting an endorsement from sarah palin a top priority? >> well, sure. in a state like, a rural state like her home state of alaska or in south carolina, against south carolina where she picked nikki haley who is probably the next governor, joe miller is probably the next senator from alaska, she went across the country picking people like that. i think she has the midas touch in rural areas, more traditionally conservative areas. not so much in big cities. but you know what? the republican fight is going to be in those rural areas and in the country, not in the big cities >> and in these closing days, we saw in the primary contest, we saw a growing division between
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republicans and tea party activists. are we going to see that divide go greater, or are they going to have to find some sort of reconciliation? >> right now people like mitt romney are trying to talk like sarah palin. pawlenty is trying to talk like sarah palin. she is leading the party right now in what to say. at some point the party's going to look and decide who are the real palinites and who are just pretending. as long as this protest movement in the country continues, as long as the unemployment rate stays up around 10% it's going to be about protests. and no one's better at protest than sarah palin. when it finally gets down to alternatives and who should run the government, that's when it's going to get really interesting and about 50/50 again. >> and that said, what impact will all of this have on democratic voters on liberal voters, especially as it relates to november? >> i don't think it's going to get them out to vote. i don't think they're scared of sarah palin right now. they're kind of amazed by her. they can't believe people think she's great. they're watching her. right now in this election, the
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democrats would love it to be about alternatives, republican versus democrats. what it's about right now is people going in to the booth and voting no. they don't like the way things are going. and nobody's better at the word no than sarah palin. >> all right. chris matthews. we'll end there. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> and you can watch chris on msnbc's "hardball" and the "chris matthews show" on sunday morning. now here's lester. >> amy, thanks. in the atlantic and bermuda, they're bracing this morning for powerful hurricane igor. which is bearing down on the island. the weather channel's jim cantore is there for us. jim, good morning. >> lester, good morning. yeah, the national weather service here, the bermuda weather service, says it's called to prepare for a direct hit. the center expected to come within 10 miles of bermuda. and with 100 mile wide hurricani force winds, a direct hit is unavailable in through here. you can already see the wave action behind me crashing into the rock cliffs through here. but they're preparing residents. that's the key, to take a major hit. something they haven't seen since fabian here. they're saying we're going to
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have roof damage, it's going to be widespread. we're going to have tree and power line damage. the royal navy is on standby. the big question is when are they going to be able to get in here? is it going to be monday afternoon? because it looks like conditions are going to be bad for 20, 30, 40 hours where no one will be able to leave their homes and no one will be out on the road. cruise ships plan to park here? no way. they're not even coming in. this certainly looks like it's going to be a very, very bad situation in bermuda. the people are prepared for it, though. they're battening down the hatches and getting ready for a district hit sometime sunday night through monday. >> jim cantore, thank you. igor not the only storm we're following this morning. hurricane karl smashed onto the gulf coast of mexico friday killing at least two people and causing lots of damage. nbc meteorologist bill karins has more on that. bill, good morning. >> good morning to you, lester. what an amazing week. at one point we were tracking three major hurricanes at the same time. we haven't done that since the 1920s. karl was an overachiever. it wasn't supposed to become a major hurricane but it did after
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coming off the yucatan. made landfall yesterday only 10 miles north of veracruz. that's where a lot of the significant damage was located. this storm has now dissipated in the high mountainous terrain. but it did leave its mark with wind gusting over 100 miles per hour and the flash flooding was really the big threat over the last 24 hours. as it rained itself out in the high terrain there in mexico. so what's next? we had julia out there. still a storm. but that one for the most part is going to turn out in the middle of the atlantic and miss everyone. what is next is a new strong tropical wave just coming off the coast of africa. that should be arriving somewhere towards the caribbean or into the atlantic waters off the east coast about a week from now. so that will be the next system to track. of course, that will be our "l" named storm >> i went in on vacation ten days ago, i think we were in the "ds." >> lester, thank you. almost five months after the explosion that led to the largest oil spill in u.s. history, bp plans to seal the well for good today in the gulf of mexico. nbc's chief environmental
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correspondent anne thompson is in venice, louisiana, with more on that. anne, good morning. >> good morning, amy. i'm actually in houma, louisiana, where we are going to leave this morning and head out to the leak site, and we will be on the development driller 3 when bp declares the macondo well dead once and for all. in the last 48 hours, some 3 1/2 miles beneath the surface of the water a lot has happened. the development driller 3, which is the rig that has drilled the relief well, intercepted the ma condo well, it pumped cement into the bottom of that well and now it's waiting for that cement to, in effect, set up or to cure, and it will do a pressure test and that will determine whether or not this well is dead once and for all. so it is a big day here in the history of this well, although this well that caused so much damage along the gulf is actually going to end much quieter than it began.
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amy? >> and, anne, certainly this is an important milestone for people in the region. but what does this mean in terms of the way forward? >> well, you know, amy, oil stopped flowing out of the macondo well on july 16th. so for people in the region, this day isn't as significant as it is for bp and the government. but those people are worried about a couple of things. one, they're wondering when federal waters will open for deep sea fishing, which is very important for the charter boat captains. the price of shrimp has plummeted because people in this country aren't -- don't feel confident about eating shrimp that comes from these waters. and thirdly, ken feinberg, who is the claims czar, promised people that they would have their claims within 48 hours to 7 days of filing it and he's fallen far short of those goals. and so those are the things that have people along the gulf concerned. >> all right. understandably so.
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anne thompson, thank you. now here's lester. >> amy, thanks. overseas pope benedict xvi will preside over a mass this morning in london, after six men were arrested friday in a suspected terror plot. nbc's nina desantos joins us now from london's hyde park. nina, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. well, it's day three of the pope's historic visit to britain, and so far there's been no letup in his busy agenda. today's events began at london's westminster cathedral where he met the prime minister and celebrated mass. thousands of young faces gathered in the piazza, each eager for a glimpse of their spiritual leader. today pope benedict came face-to-face with the future of catholic britain. >> i think he's incredibly brave on the one hand. and i can't wait to hear what he has to say. >> reporter: the pontiff began his four-day visit to the nation on thursday. touching down in scotland. there to welcome him, another head of state and religion, the queen.
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this is the first state visit by a pontiff since ken hengry viii renounced his religion to rome nearly 500 years ago. ever since, the british monarch shared a podium with the highest authority in the holy see. after greeting crowds in edinburgh, the pope held a mass for 65,000 in nearby glasgow. the ceremony graced by the voice of an angel. ♪ -- life worth living >> reporter: on day two, a more complicated trip, to london, where the specter of terror reared its head. the pontiff waved aside security concerns, and blessed the youngest in his flock. among them baby lily. >> when the father was blessing her, kissing her, i broke into tears, because yeah, it was very special. >> reporter: pope benedict delivers a pointed message to
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leaders both past and present where centuries ago catholic markers were sentenced to death. >> -- for economic activity has contributed to the grave difficulty now being experienced by millions of people throughout the world. >> reporter: later, another first. as the pope met an anglican woman priest at westminster abbey. the church of england has been at odds with the vatican for hundreds of years, but at a time of growing religious apathy and dwindling parishes in both churches, the pope's visit has called attention to the role of faith like never before. while security has been incredibly tight after yesterday's arrests, the challenge for london's police force will come here at the city's hyde park later today where the pope is set to host a vigil for 65,000 people. >> nina desantos, thank you very much. now let's head over to the news desk where melissa francis,
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co-anchor of "the call" on cnbc has more headlines. >> good morning, everyone. the u.s. hiker freed from iran this week is heading back to the u.s. later today. relatives say sarah shourd plans to speak next week when the iranian president is in new york. fellow hikers are still being helded on espionage charges. they've been imprisoned for more than 13 months. now, to afghanistan, where polls are open, despite taliban violence, that has killed at least ten people. some 2500 candidates are vying for 249 parliamentary seats. these are the first parliamentary elections since the fall of the taliban. new hope for the 33 chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet under ground. a 12-inch drill was welcomed by the miners as it punched its way into the top of the chamber. a wider drill must now make a 28-inch hole so the miners can squeeze through. a process that could still take a few weeks.
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and lindsay lohan has failed a court-ordered drug test. the troubled star admitted on her twitter page late last night that she's prepared to face the consequences. a failed test could mean more jail time for the 24-year-old actress, who just spent two weeks in jail on a probation violation. we'll have much more on this story coming up at 8:00. it is now confirmed, two tornadoes touched down in new york city thursday night. national weather service says rare twisters ripped through the city's outer boroughs with wind speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. the 14-mile path of destruction downed trees, damaged buildings, and caused power outages. one person was killed during the storm. and finally, an oregon bus driver is in hot water this morning. he was caught on tape driving while apparently reading. a passenger taped the driver with his kindle e-reader on the dashboard as he was driving on busy interstate 5 in portland. this driver is now on administrative duty while the investigation continues. you can catch unon his agatha
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christie in a safer environment, i think. that's the now, back to you. >> hate to see that, don't you? >> thanks. >> bill karins is back. he's got the check of the national forecast. >> little sad. this is our last summer weekend. this is it. >> but life goes on in the fall. >> true. but -- >> especially you want to tell us? >> the glass is half full. that's a look at your summer forecast e all right. good morning to you. as we go throu the morning, a lot of clouds and mist and drizzle. notice the line of showers up to the north that will get here later today and tomorrow. right now we are mostly cloudy. we are sitting in the 60s out there. plenty of cloud cover, mist and drizzle. the seven-day forecahr showers later tonight in places. be prepared for that. have a great weekend. that's a look at your weekend
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forecast. amy? >> bill, thank you. it was one the proud car capital of the world. detroit. motor city. today, that is a memory. for years detroit has been down on its luck. but now as nbc's kevin tibbles reports, a new mayor has a vision for a new detroit. >> reporter: it's been a boisterous week in the motor city. >> i love my city. >> reporter: thousands packed town hall meetings to tell detroit mayor dave bing how to save their city. >> this is about every citizen. >> i see that things that are absolutely unbearable. i don't know how people live or are expected to live like some people are living right now. >> reporter: bing inherited detroit nine months ago. he calls it a hell hole. 40,000 abandoned buildings, unemployment and crime. just last week, dozens of structures burned in fires that engulfed entire blocks. bing wants to demolish derelict buildings, redesign neighborhoods, even create inner city farms. >> our city is still living like we lived 50 years ago.
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that doesn't work anymore. >> reporter: the mayor's office is vehement they're not trying to shrink this city. but detroit has been shrinking on its own in the last 50 years, the population has dropped from 2 million to just over 700,000. today, entire neighborhoods lie abandoned. but many fear a new detroit will mean gentrification and no place for them. >> the man said that, you know, the city will still be 139 square miles. but what does that look like? and who will own that? will it still be detroit? >> where is the money going to come from? >> reporter: so detroiters come with questions and suggestions. some even record their concerns for city officials. >> and taxes for what? you don't even pick up my garbage. >> walk through our neighborhood and vacant houses, like that, it's not safe. >> we've got to get back to our roots. we've got to get back to our foundation and make hard decisions. we've got to build from the ground up again. >> reporter: on one desolate street, 80-year-old james key sits alone. he's lived here 51 years.
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his neighbors, all gone. >> hope, that's what i have. >> reporter: the new plan likely won't come in time for mr. key, but the hope is it will bring the city back to life for future generations. for "today," kevin tibbles, nbc news, detroit. and now here's lester. >> amy, thanks. i want to tell you now about a remarkable story of survival for a little boy they thought was gone after his heart stopped for almost an hour. nbc's lee cowan tells us what happened. >> reporter: he was supposed to be a fun fourth of july vacation for the family way up in the colorado mountains. but when their 2-year-old son gore wondered away, everything changed. >> absolute panic. i was -- i was crying so hard i couldn't even run anymore. >> reporter: just a few hundred yards from the family cabin was an irrigation ditch, and inside they found little gore. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> yeah, i have a little boy -- >> reporter: gore had been under water almost half an hour.
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his grandfather, a retired orthopedic surgeon frantically started cpr. ten more minutes passed, and still nothing. >> he was like play-doh, frankly like somebody who is dead. >> reporter: after nearly an hour, doctors finally got gore's heart going again. but that was it. that water was unrelenting. but there was one element that the colorado rockies give to almost every drop of water that rolls out of it that in this case was potentially life-saving. the water was cold. gore's temperature had dropped to just 87 degrees. in a last-ditch effort doctors decided to keep him that way, stone cold, in hopes of protecting his brain. >> they pumped ice cold fluids into him. they put him on a cooling blank blanket. >> reporter: for two days they sat huddled by his chilly bedside, frozen themselves in fear. then doctors slowly started to raise his body temperature. >> all i really hoped for was to be able to hold him again. and here he is waking up. >> reporter: he was rushed in for an mri and the results shocked everyone. >> it came back no
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abnormalities. not one single thing in his brain mri that was wrong. >> reporter: doctors aren't sure if the cold therapy is what saved him or not. no matter. for gore, it was the end of a big adventure. for his family, it was faith renewed. lee cowan, nbc news. >> still to come a heartbreaking murder trial until connecticut. the survivor faces the man accused of killing his wife and children. but first, this is "today" on nbc. this is unlike any car you've ever seen before. this is power with efficiency. this is an interior that exceeds even the promise of the exterior. this is the all-new jaguar xj.
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the stunning result of taking a very different road. our state is in a real mess. and i'm not going to give you any phony plans or snappy slogans that don't go anywhere. we have to make some tough decisions. h weto eave th lwiur onsinea. miv we have got to take the power from the state capitol and move it down to the local level, closer to the people. and no new taxes, without voter approval. we have got to pull together not as republicans or as democrats but as californians first. at this stage in my life, i'm prepared to do exactly that.
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still to come on "today," how some of the biggest stars of the '70s and '80s are with standing the test of time.
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good morning. it is 5:26. are you wondering what the weekend forecast is? we have rain out there. >> it is drizzling this morning. here's what is on the radar. just outside of ukiah, look at the green. we have not seen it in quite some time.
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we have mist and drizzle here. be prepared for that. this is the expected rainfall futurecast. by 10:00 p.m. it is getting closer to ukiah, but today will be mostly dry. watch what happens going into sunday morning at 4:00 a.m. this is sunday at noon. we have some storms in san francisco and north of there. through 7:00 p.m. we have rain mainly for san francisco and places north. the rain coming in, expect most of it from san francisco to oakland and places north of there. that's tonight into tomorrow. the south bay probably not very much, just a couple drops. then after that, we'll clear out for a bit. garvin, a little cooler this weekend. that's the last weekend of summer. thank you very much. nine days after a san bruno neighborhood erupted into an inferno we know very little about what triggered the blast, but now a critical word is emerging. corrosion. pg&e admitted to a mixture of co roading the metal that ruptured in san bruno, but the company says it is up to federal investigators to determine if corrosion actually caused the
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pipe to fail. also, the puc wanted pg&e to hand over a list of the most dangerous pipelines. they asked them to turn over the list as early as friday, but they were told releasing the information could present a threat to national security. the senator says if the puc gets the information it will be made public. that san bruno neighborhood rocked by the explosion remains rattled. crestmoor school was evacuated yesterday after someone reported smelling gas. even though pg&e couldn't find a leak. students and staff were sent home just in case. >> you hear a noise and you jump. something fell on my porch, and i went about that far off. >> crestmore is the second school to have a scare in the last two days. is a santa clara man is behind bars after police say he's a serial bank robber. the 32-year-old is accused of pulling off five holdups.
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detectives say he's responsible for a string of armed robberies in santa clara, san jose and mountain view. coming up at up 7:00, following your cyber step. who is on your online trail and why it is important to find out. more local news in 30 minutes. right now back to the "today" show.
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we are back on this saturday morning, the 18th day of september, 2010. it's a beautiful late summer morning on the plaza. and our thanks to everyone who came out to spend part of their morning with us. back inside studio 1a, i'm amy robach along with lester holt. and coming up, miracle girl. >> a 28-year-old woman, becky hallin, went into cardiac arrest. doctors tried to resuscitate her for over an hour, and just when they thought she was gone the wife and mother of three suddenly responded and was stabilized. coming up we'll meet her, find out how doctors were able to bring her back, and how she's doing today. >> then, here's the ick factor, what lurks from kitchen to cabs
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to door knobs to computers, every surface apparently a breeding ground for bacteria. so we're going to take a close look to find out what's really lurking in and around your house. apparently the results are going to shock you. you're probably going to want to put your breakfast away for this one. >> i always subscribe to the ignorance is bliss kind of thing. but we need to know about it. then what's old is new again from jimmy smits to william shatner and tom selleck. more stars are making their way back to the small screen. way too early's willie geist will be along to tell us why this comeback. >> but first, we begin with a horrifying trial in connecticut. in 2007, the petit family endured the unthinkable. three family members tied up, tortured and killed inside their own home. now after an emotional week of testimony, video and frantic 911 calls, the lone survivor a prominent doctor took to the stand to face the man accused of killing his wife and his children. here's nbc's jeff rossen. >> reporter: in this
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surveillance video, a clear picture, the final picture of jennifer hawke-petit, less than an hour before her death. prosecutors say petit was at a local bank withdrawing $15,000, and calmly told the bank teller her entire family was being held hostage at home for the past several hours. husband william, a prominent doctor, and their two kids, 11-year-old mikayla, and 17-year-old haley. she said she needed the money for ransom and one of the suspects was waiting in the parking lot. that's when the bank manager made this chilling call to 911. >> we have a lady who is in our bank right now, who says that her husband and children are being held at their house, if the police are told they will kill the children and the husband. she says they are being very nice, they have their faces covered. she is petrified. >> reporter: with good reason. prosecutors say these two men, steven hayes and joshua
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komisarjeski were terrorizing the family, beating him with a baseball bat and tying him to his pole in the basement. his two daughters were tied to their beds upstairs. >> they told us they wouldn't hurt anybody if she got back there with the money. >> reporter: prosecutors say once back home, jennifer petit was sexually assaulted and strangled. then officials say the suspects set the house on fire. the mother and her two daughters were killed. doctor william petit managed to escape from the basement, hopping to a neighbor's house for help, but it was too late. >> just tried to do the best i could for my family. >> reporter: this week he took the stand, describing in gripping detail his family's final moments. they tied my hands at the wrists and my feet at the ankles, he told the jury. petit heard one of the suspects say, if he moves, put two bullets in him. petit testified he could hear his wife and children being tortured in another section of the house. i heard them moaning, and
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thumps. >> how emotional was it for you to be on the stand today? >> very emotional. >> reporter: in court. an unusual strategy by steven hayes' defense attorney. in an effort to avoid the death penalty. he admits his client committed the crime, but also points the finger at police, saying officers could have done more to save the family. while cheshire police did respond to the petit home, they never went inside. on the stand, the police captain testified they followed protocol, telling the jury, if we had any indication of violence, i would have been the first one through the door. >> a crime this vicious, and this personal, at the hands of strangers, makes many jurors think to themselves, my goodness. could this have happened to me? >> reporter: prosecutors are pushing for the death penalty, in a crime that was as brutal as william petit appeared strong.
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for "today," jeff rossen, nbc news, new york. >> and now for a check of the weather with bill karins. bill, good morning. >> good morning toyou, y. all right. good morning to you. happy saturday. going throughout the afternoon, a lot of cloud cover, plenty of mist and drizzle. there's rain in ukiah. amthat will get into napa count and sonoma county later tonight. most of the places north will be cloudy. right now the 60s. the showers are for the far north bay late tonight. it is not until tomorrow we see some of the rain close to san francisco and places north. the south bay is not getting a whole lot, but a lot of cloud cover. you know, if you're going to go to weather.com and get your local forecast, you want it in york, pennsylvania, right? all these people from york, pennsylvania. amy? >> bill, thank you. up next, grandparent recession. did you know that one out of every ten children live with a grandparent? and that number is on the rise. you will find out why.
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♪ i must be a baby boomer i got a feeling that i'm not alone ♪ >> this morning on "today's boomer nation" grandparents taking care of the grand kids. the rough economy has had a lot of ripple effects on families. a new study reveals yet another. children living with their grandparents when mom and dad can't provide for them. gene and andy baron love their 8-year-old granddaughter kayla. but what's different is that at ages 57 and 67 their kayla's primary caregivers. >> kayla's mother and father weren't able to take care of her, and provide for her, and keep her safe. and we were brought in, and we came. >> reporter: today one out of every ten kids in america lives with a grandparent. and according to a recent study, the number is growing.
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one of the main reasons the economy. the number had been slowly rising since 2000 but that number spiked right after the recession started in 2007. >> the condition that our country is in right now is really exacerbating the changing dynamics in families. we are seeing more grandparents and other relatives stepping in, whether on permanent or temporary basis to help raise our children. >> reporter: and it hits white family the hardest. between 2007 and 2008 the number of white grandparents taking care of a grandchild rose 9% compared to 2% among blacks and no change for hispanics. >> families who had the means or traditionally thought that it wasn't as culturally appropriate for the family to live together are finding that they need to reach back and to help each other out. >> reporter: the challenge for kayla's grandparents, putting off their golden years, and reworking their finances. >> we find ourselves really having to think about the dollar
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in a little more special way, tighter way than we did before. and i think probably, or i know i will work longer than i had originally expected to. >> reporter: all the while, becoming a parent to a little girl all over again. >> she just brings a lot of pleasure into our lives. and it's really been a great experience for us, taking care of her. >> joining us with more on this topic is annie goyer with the aarp, also "today" contributor and parenting expert michelle. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> amy, if i can start with you, we've seen this survey in the past and the reasons behind it, substance abuse issues, parents being deployed abroad, or in the military. but when you look at the timing of this spike, any question that this is related to the economy? >> i think it's pretty clear that the economy is having an effect on social issues. other things may be causing a family to be teetering on the edge, and then the economy can really tip it over the edge. and grandparents step in to help
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out. >> but as we're looking at unemployment, the rate still kind of hovering up there well above 9%, is this something we're going to expect to see for a long time? >> i think that the conditions causing grandparents to step in are going to continue. so i would be very curious to see what the 2009 data shows. i do anticipate the numbers will continue to grow. >> michelle, let me turn to you, when we break these numbers down, we see the vast majority of grandparents are young, under the age of 60. so is this a young person's issue? >> well, what we're looking at is obviously that the baby boomer had their child actually younger than the majority of moms today. and as a result of it we're looking at the youngest population of grandparents, and hopefully also the healthiest. and that's good news for the kids. >> let's talk about the kids here. obviously the big difference being cared for often by grandma and grandpa versus your own parents, how is this going to affect the kids? >> you know, the most important thing is, lester, what was the
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reason for the child going in to this new arrangement? because, there's a number of issues. it could be, certainly what we're looking for most important is, just that semblance of normalcy. how much can that parent, that new grandparent bring that child into a transition that allows them to have safety and love. and that, above all else, is what you're looking for. that grandparent is going to be able to give that child what they haven't had in that home environment and that's good news for the child, as well. >> here grandma and grandpa are kind of a safety valve here. perhaps walking what they think is a temporary situation. but very often, they have planned for the retirement. they have made plans to be alone. what happens at this point now? >> well, you don't plan to raise another family. and so any retirement planning that they have been doing may go right down the drain. they may spend money just on raising a child. but also, grandparents may have to quit work or cut back on hours so they're able to care for the grandchild. >> you've got to walk into this eyes open, this may not be a
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temporary thing. >> right. get with your financial adviser. do some immediate planning but look at the long-term as well. >> good conversation. thank you both for being with us. and up next, what's old is new again. we'll find out why the stars of the '70s and '80s are back on tv. we'll tell you more about that.
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practicing. practicing what? writing my name. why are you writing your name so much? because grandpa said that our name goes on everything we make. (announcer) tim and richard smucker grew up knowing that putting your name on every jar was a guarantee of quality. what are you doing, richard? i'm practicing too! that's a good idea. (announcer) for five generations, with a name like smucker's it has to be goo
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what did william shatner, betty white and cloris leachman all have in common? well "way too early's" willie geist is here to tell us. a little early for you. >> it is. i slept in on a saturday. i know you're a big tom selleck fan. tv viewers continue to scatter across the ever-growing number of channels, the networks are betting this fall that some familiar faces will bring nostalgic audiences back home. >> we hit those streets it's real and it's rough. >> reporter: if you've been longing for the era of leg warmers and boom boxes this is your lucky tv season. >> he's t.j. hooker.
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>> you'll be seeing a lot of old friends from the 1980s around the dial this fall. >> lots of new tv show is an expensive and risky proposition. bringing a big star in to your show, lessens the risk. >> reporter: l.a. law's victor is no longer practicing, but outlaw's silas will be sitting on the bench. in the '60s, he was captain kirk. in the '80s, he was t.j. hooker. now william shatner plays the grumpy dad in "[ bleep ] my dad said." >> we didn't consistently kill a hooker, we had brunch. >> reporter: magnum p.i. may be long gone but the stat stays for tom selleck in blue blood. even the golden girl herself, betty white is back, for another season of "hot in cleveland." >> in your 40s you dress for success.
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in your 80s you dress for the bathroom. >> reporter: and while tv executives are hoping these icons will bring back some '80s-style ratings, viewers may not be so quick to remember. >> the show was -- oh, i don't know. ooh, it's right there. >> no, no, no. >> oh, man. >> reporter: does it ring a bell? >> a star will get people to tune in the first week. the question is if you can get people to tune in the second week. and that's all about making a good cop show or a good law show. you've got to deliver the goods. >> i was hoping it's alf. >> gordon shumway, aka alf. >> reporter: with 1980s nostalgia going around, it may not be long before we say, law and order, a.l.f. >> they all knew alf. >> that was the only one everyone knew to a man. >> you know what's sad, the '80s
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were 30 years ago, if you got anybody under the age of 30, they wouldn't know who any of these people are. >> a lot of them thought william shatner -- they knew william shatner but they thought magnum p.i. was david hasselhoff from baywatch. we're losing touch. >> it's so wrong. >> you were almost drooling by the way when you saw tom selleck. >> i'll admit it, but i had a poster of magnum p.i. in my room when i was like 10. >> i was a justine bateman guy from family ties. >> i wanted to be justine bateman. that's our bond. and we're back. this is "today" on nbc. [ man ] i was deciding what to do
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our job is to listen and find ways to help workers who lost their jobs to the spill. i'm iris cross. we'll keep restoring the jobs, tourist beaches, and businesses impacted by the spill. we've paid over $400 million in claims and set up a $20 billion independently-run claims fund. i was born in new orleans. my family still lives here. i'm gonna be here until we make this right. but what were the results? fact: brown promised to improve schools. but the drop out rate increased 50%, and the state had to take over the schools. fact: the city controller found employees paid for 22,000 hours...
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they never worked. fact: brown promised to cut crime. but murders doubled, making oakland the 4th most dangerous city in america. jerry brown. he just can't deliver the results california needs now. good morning, everyone. :56, 5:56 is the time. it has been so muggy and moist and now rainy. >> exactly. you have a lot of fog, mist and drizzle. more of the rain comes through tonight for places like san francisco and places north of there. the south bay, not so much, but the muggy feel will be with us again today. 60s right now. you can feel it as you step out. 62 in san francisco. 64 in san jose. 65 in concord. we have some warm air moving in
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ahead of this cold front that's up in you rica right now. as with this afternoon, expect more cloud cover. it is tomorrow afternoon it gets close to san francisco. and probably nothing for the south end of the bay. highs around the area in the 70s and close to 80. but with all the moisture in place, a little muggy. a little warmer than 76 in san jose and concord. here's the seven-day forecast, more rain for places to the north. the teen at the wheel of yesterday's deadly car crash had been arrested for drunk driving and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. five nevada teens were in this bmw before noon yesterday when the scar spun out of control in front of a tractor-trailer hauling cattle. one teen sitting in the back of the car died instantly. three others were seriously hurt. police found beer cans in the car. the driver of the tractor-trailer wasn't seriously
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injured and even ran to help the teens right after the crash. contra costa sheriff investigators are still looking for the sexual assault victim who attacked a woman inside her apartment. this happened in the same complex where three other attacks on women have taken place in the last few months. the sheriff's office says thursday's sexual assault is unrelated to the previous assaults. the 27-year-old woman was entering her apartment around 6:00 thursday when the suspect forced his way inside. sheriff officials say the attack is not linked to a suspect jailed in the july rape of a woman at the complex. that man is charged with attempted rapes of two other women. organizers want the annual bay of breakers event to be less like mardi gras and more like a foot race. starting next year the race will be dry. critics have been trying to tame the celebration for years. another new rule, police and security teams will escort anyone not registered for the race off the course.
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typically, some 20,000 people finish the race, but an extra 25,000 to 50,000 attend. also, the number of registrants will be tapped at 50,000. coming up at 7:00 on "today," fast tracking your commute. transportation officials are ready to roll out the first pay as your play express lane. more local news in 30 minutes. right now back to the "today" show.
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good morning. center stage. sarah palin firing up a crowd in iowa. it is a traditional starting line in the race for president. so is palin ready to run? crossing the line. after his daughter was allegedly bullied, an outraged father takes matters into his own hands, going after students on a school bus. police say he went too far. now the question, what would you do? and failing the test. just a few weeks after being released from rehab, lindsay lohan says she failed her latest drug test. could she be heading back to jail? a new setback for the troubled star. today, saturday, september 18th, 2010.
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captions paid for by nbc-universal television welcome back to "today," everybody. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm amy robach. i have a feeling we're going to be talking about sarah palin for the next two years quite steadily. >> when you end up in iowa and the timing, people start wondering. sarah palin and many people asking, will she or won't she? in the all important state of iowa. palin spoke at a major republican gathering last night. that only heightened the speculation about maybe she'll run for president in 2012. what palin had to say coming up in just a minute. and then how far should a parent go when they're dealing with a case of bullying? one father got on a school bus and started screaming at the kids who allegedly bullied his daughter. the dad was arrested for this. this morning we're going to discuss the best way for kids and parents to deal with the bully. unfortunately, it seems to be a growing problem in our schools. >> i think you raised an interesting question in the open, what would you do? a lot of people will put themselves perhaps in his shoes when we talk about this further.
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plus call it germ warfare. have you ever wondered what's lurking in your kitchen and bathroom? even if you're diligent about washing your hands, you might be surprised. we'll show you what the experts warn to watch out for. >> i don't want to watch that spot. >> my segment, watch. >> i need to. that's the problem. at just 28 years old, the mother of three young children suffered cardiac arrest. she stopped breathing for well over an hour, then incredibly she came back to life. we're going to speak with her and her family in a few minutes. first, palin for president. that is the question this morning after her appearance last night in iowa. nbc's mike viqueira has the latest. >> reporter: good morning. she's powerful. she's influential. she has rock star status among conservatives and the republican base. but travel to iowa, the question, whethill she or won't? now everyone is asking will she get her toe in the water for the 2011 presidential race? she joked about it.
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she had the largest crowd since ronald reagan. in the hotel earlier in the day, she told the story she was with her husband todd. she was going outside for a jog. he said, you'd better stay inside because the headline is going to read, if you go out jogging, palin to run in iowa. she called for party unity. we know she opposed many of the gop elders here in washington, backing that candidate christine o'donnell in delaware and other candidates around the country. she called for party unity after a bruising primary season when the gop is on the verge of big gains in november. here's a little bit of what she said. >> this is it, gop. this is our time. we can't blow it, gop, but we won't wait for that political playbook to be handed us from on high from the elites to tell us what to do. >> reporter: lester, we know that sarah palin is the controversial figure. obviously, she's got zero following on the left. moderates are lukewarm. even some conservatives and
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people in her own party aren't sure about her chances for 2012, and the white house is doing nothing to discourage the perception that she's the leader of the republican party. yesterday robert gibbs saying she's obviously there to dip a toe in the presidential water. >> mike viqueira, thanks very much. here's amy. >> lester, thank you. in the atlantic ocean this morning, hurricane igor is closing in on bermuda. jim cantore is there. >> reporter: good morning. it's not going to be a pretty thing by any stretch of the imagination. it's going to be a long lived event where they're going to deal with 30 hours of tropical storm force winds. much of the bermuda government is saying, look,ys wguys, we co lose roofs here. we're going to lose trees and power lines. eprepare for a fabian type hit like we had back in 2003. you can already see behind me over my shoulder the tremendous wave action that's coming in, as big as i've ever seen here, especially for a storm that's 475 miles away.
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waves right now on the beach at about ten feet. they could be three times that high by the time that storm hits on sunday night. we're expecting, again, winds to gust well over 100 miles an hour, perhaps for several hours, and that is going to take a toll on this area. it's not just flat beach. it goes up in elevation as high as 300 feet. here's the deal. the regiment is on stand by, the police, the royal navy as well. they're going to get in here as quick as they can on monday and assess the situation. here's the deal. we're talking about things closing down here in a big hurry sunday, keep everybody at home for a couple of days. we're obviously hoping for the best here, that's for sure. back to you. >> jim cantore, thanks so much. and from the atlantic to the gulf coast of mexico, where hurricane karl swept in on friday causing quite a bit of damage. nbc meteorologist bill karins is following that story for us. >> it's been an amazing week. at one point we were tracking three major hurricanes. september has been blockbuster. thankfully, none of them have been heading for the united states. yesterday mexico did get hit.
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karl was a category 3. thankfully, it weakened right before landfall. only ten miles from vera cruz. there was significant damage, a lot of power outages. last night karl headed up into the mountains where it rained itself out. there were flash floods. that continues to be the danger from karl. everyone wants to know what's next. julia, very weak system now that's going to head harmlessly out into the open atlantic. next system to watch coming off the coast of africa, that should be our "l" named storm this week. that's at least ten days away from any land areas. looks like we'll get a little break finally. back to you, amy. >> bill, thanks so much. now here's lester. >> amy, thanks. more trouble this morning for lindsay lohan. the actress admits she failed a court-ordered drug test. that could mean a violation of probation and more jail time. at last weekend's video music awards, lipped say lohan surprised everyone in this cameo with chelsea handler poking fun
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at herself about drinking. >> have you been drinking? >> no. >> really? then why is your ankle bracelet going off? >> but lohan's real life problems are no laughing matter. there are reports she failed a weekly court ordered drug and alcohol test, violating her probation agreement imposed last month. >> because i really did think that i was doing what i was supposed to do. >> an agreement that warned 30 days of jail for each violation. >> this is the sort of stuff that drives the judges and the courts crazy is here are the terms, here's our deal. you violate our deal, and you're going to serve time. >> lohan had served just 13 days in jail of a 90-day sentence and spent 23 days in a treatment center because of a pair of driving under the influence cases. then early saturday morning, lindsay herself admitted her drug test failure and tweeted her message. "regrettably i did fail my most
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recent drug test, and if i am asked, i am prepared to appear before judge fox next week as a result. this was certainly a setback for me, but i am taking responsibility for my actions, and i'm prepared to face the consequences." many in the entertainment world thought the starlet was poised to make a comeback. she's gracing the october cover of "vanity fair," appearing in her first movie in years, "machete," even though critics panned the role of a machine gun toting nun. she's talking to "saturday night live" about hosting again. no comment from the show. but now perhaps more trouble and time behind bars. and on her twitter message, she goes on to say, "substance abuse is a disease which unfortunately does not go away overnight." >> and that said, i think we'll probably be hearing a lot more about her and that story in the days ahead. let's now, though, head over to the news desk where melissa francis has other news headlines. melissa, good morning. >> good morning, amy and lester. good morning, everyone.
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we begin with the pope in london taking the priest sex abuse scandal head on during mass at westminster cathedral. nbc's nina del santos is live in hyde park with more. good morning, nina. >> reporter: good morning to you, melissa. i am here in london's hyde park. as you can see, organizers are gearing up behind me for a vigil later today that will attract some 65,000 people, some of them already arriving to get their seats early. already today has become the most important day of pope benedict's four-day visit to britain after, as you said, he tackled the child abuse scandal, threatening the entire papacy head on. speaking during the mess, he said he regretted the unspeakable crimes committed by catholic priests on children. he also spoke with the shame and humiliation the church has endured as a result. he met with the british prime minister, david cameron, but the specter of terror still looms over this visit after eight houses were raided today and six men still remain in custody.
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melissa. >> nbc's nina del santos, thanks so much. a big day in the gulf of mexico as bp's blown out well is expected to be permanently sealed. crews are pumping cement into the well thousands of feet below the sea as a final seal. the well is expected to be declared dead sometime today. five months after the explosion that killed 11 and led to the worst offshore oil spill in u.s. history. the parents of a washington state woman who admitted lying about being splashed in the face with acid are apologizing to their community. bethany storro made headlines when she claimed another woman threw acid on her face. joseph and nancy say they had no reason to question their 28-year-old daughter's story and had no idea she was having such deep psychological trouble. and finally, "sports illustrated" pin-ups look out. the grannies of lyndon pond, massachusetts, are baring it all for one hot calendar. the ladies range from ages 63 to
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97. they did it for fun and their local charities. no doubt it will make the retirement communities. beats stripping for charity, right? back to you. >> they were covered. >> all right. thanks so much, melissa. ba bill cakarins is back for the check of your forecast. >> we have to do this sign. "we love our teachers." school is going well. who are the teachers you love? >> miss bailey, miss watkins, and mr. razek. >> here's the pressure question. why do you love your teachers? >> they're awesome. >> if they're watching, they're having a good morning. let's take a look at the forecast. we're watching fall-type weather moving into the northern plains. down in the southeast, temperatures are very warm. texas at 96. we're going to be in the 90s all the way down through areas of georgia and alabama, mississippi, continuing very warm too as we go through florida. as far as what we're dealing up there in the northwest, that's where we're also going to be watching.
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d a great good morning to all of you o >>there, especially the teachers around the bay area as well. 60s this saturday morning. yesterday it was muggy at times. we'll feel that today with rain up close to ukiah and places north. the rest of the bay area is dry and muggy. 70s for afternoon highs. most locations are close to 80. mid-60s at the beaches. the forecast through tonight and tomorrow, most of the rain from san francisco and places north. we don't mind doing a little country this morning. where are you from? >> shelby, ohio. >> that's not country. back to you, lester. >> bill karins thanks very much. earlier this morning we told but a 2-year-old boy who was brought back to life almost an hour after he stopped breathing. well, we have another extraordinary story to share with you this morning. it's about a 28-year-old mother of three from indiana, who suffered a heart attack, stopped breathing for more than an hour,
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then was brought back to life. she is becky hailen who joins us this morning with her husband josh. good morning to both of you. we thank you so much for being with us. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> becky, if i can begin with you, can you tell me how you're feeling and tell me a little bit about how your recovery is progressing? >> yes. i'm just grateful to be alive. and my recovery is going very well. i'm so blessed to have all the family and friends and support that's gotten me here and just blessed me. i'm just grateful for that. >> well, you look great. i'm so happy to hear your recovery is going well. josh, take me back to that moment when she collapsed. describe what happened. >> yeah, it was just a night like any other night back on july 1st. we were up in our bedroom. she actually walked into the bathroom and said, i love you, and i heard her fall down. i kind of joking with her and made fun of her said, hey, did you trip over the trash can? and at that time i heard, it's
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called agonal breathing, something kind of layman's terms, death breath where you're not really breathing, your body is having a reaction and i knew something was wrong. i ran in there, saw that she was unconscious, her pupils were dilated, she didn't have a pulse. at that point i think i had two moments where i freaked out, or two seconds where i freaked out. then instinct kind of kicked in and i started cpr. >> and we should know, you were in the medical field, so you have a little bit of experience here. i know you called paramedics, and they continue with life resuscitation efforts. at what point did you think maybe you had lost her, or that you needed to keep pressing forward? >> i never wanted to give up. that was the thing, i always told becky that i'd never give up on her. those were our wedding vows, and i think we stood true to them. . excuse me. it's a little emotional. >> sure. >> when we were there, you know,
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about 72, 73 minutes actually into the resuscitation, we were in the emergency department, and it was looking pretty dire and we thought we were going to potentially stop, but it was at that point that there's no way we're stopping. we're going to keep pushing on. and about two minutes later she actually stabilized. >> she started breathing on her own? >> she -- she'd been -- she was breathing through a breathing tube, actually. she was on the breathing tube for about ten days. but her heart got into a rhythm where it was actually pumping on its own. before it had been in ventricular fibrillation where your heart is just beating erratically and not giving you any type of pulse. >> becky, do you have any memory of any of this? >> i do not. no. >> and you've heard the story, and it's very emotional for us to hear it, it must be equally emotional and more so for you. what do you say with your husband when he describes the story, and the fact he did not give up on you?
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>> oh, i just, i'm so grateful for him. because he is my best friend -- >> well. you said it all right there. and listen, you were both very lucky to have each other. thanks so much for coming on and sharing this incredible story. becky and josh, best to both of you in the future. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >> we're back right after these messages. 3q for the worst allergies i want a product with the best decongestant. my choice is clear. claritin-d. nothing works stronger, faster or longer
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have been off fighting, their loved ones have been at home trying to keep their families together. in what is largely an untold story of the war. tim blake is serving his country. >> come home. >> reporter: but this father of four's battlefield is not in afghanistan. it's here, at north carolina's ft. bragg. >> we're left to fight our battles at home silently. >> reporter: tim is an army husband. they're definitely in the minority. >> it's odd trying to do the clubs and i'm almost always the only guy there. >> reporter: despite being the odd man out, tim is just like any other army spouses, finding comfort and camaraderie at home. >> you can't underestimate the value of support that spouses give one another. >> reporter: shiloh horton and colleen can agree and can relate to the sacrifices army spouses make. both of their husbands just returned from a year-long deployment in afghanistan. >> when my husband was deployed, i finished a year of college,
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and i was just around family. i wasn't around any other military spouses and that was hard for me. because there weren't many people who could relate to my situation. >> it's hard to explain what we go through to people who don't understand what we go through. the single parent. and the worry. i think we are making strides in helping the spouses. >> reporter: making strides for military families is something ft. bragg likes to brag about. >> the soldier is only as strong as the strength of his family, we say. so we offer a variety of services and special programs to the army family covenant that quite frankly makes their life bearable in these times of stress. >> reporter: home to the airborne and special operations forces, ft. bragg is one of the most combat ready and active military installations in the country. with more than 30,000 living on post, it's a city within itself. equipped with its own primary care hospital, school system, and child developmental center. >> we provide care for over
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1,400 children at ft. bragg every day. >> reporter: and there's plenty of new kids on the way. >> the baby boom is ongoing. we're generally between 250 to 300 deliveries a month. and it has maintained that rate for a number of years. >> reporter: in addition, ft. bragg also offers a wide range of activities on post. from rec centers to restaurants. shopping centers to golf courses. and there's even a year-round skating rink. >> we feel as though we're central to the warplace because we support the soldiers from the fox hole to the living room and all points in between. >> reporter: and while the military prides itself on its support system, it's still difficult for those who are left behind, waiting and hoping for their lunched ones' safe return. your spouses have all been deployed in afghanistan. it's a hot spot. it's in the news a lot. do you shield your children from those news report? >> i shielded my kids. i mean my oldest is just about to turn 9, so i have younger children. >> i don't want it bombarding but i'm not going to hide it
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from him, either. i mean, he knows, you know, if we go for long periods of time without a phone call, without an e-mail, he, you know, he knows something's going on. >> do you see it? >> reporter: how do you describe that moment when you see each other after they've been deployed for 12 months? >> there's mommy! >> there's no way to describe the bliss and the happiness. >> i cry. i cry. >> you can't. >> for this moment i know where he is and i know he's safe. >> reporter: safe for now. but knowing that call of duty could come at any time. >> just because they've been gone for a year and now they're home and we're celebrating their homecoming and they are adjusting back into our family, we know in the back of our minds they'll be going again. i'll be back here doing it by myself soon. >> reporter: and we want to give our thanks to the folks the ft. bragg, including the soldiers and families of the 16th military police brigade.
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i mean, these are strong soldiers at home because some of them have four and five children. and anyone who is a single parent out there knows how difficult that is. also, worrying about your spouse at the same time. >> i was one of four in a military family. i remember when my father was in vietnam holding the fort. not until you get older you realize that was tough. glad you gave them the tribute they deserve. >> we'll be right back. jaguar platinum coverage is not just a warranty. it's a belief in everything we do. it's a 5 year, 50,000 mile promise. with complimentary scheduled maintenance no-cost replacement of wear and tear items and 24/7 roadside assistance. because when you create the most beautiful, fast cars on earth, you create an ownership experience to match.
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good morning, everyone. 6:26 is the time. it is saturday morning. craig herrera is here with a look at the forecast. you want to listen to this because for the first time in a long time, rain. and it matters where you are going in the bay. san francisco and north of there we'll see some tomorrow. today, cloud cover. there's quite a bit of mist and drizzle around. some rain in places close to san francisco because it is so thick. plus you have a lot of cloud cover just to the north. 62 in san francisco. 63 in livermore. this is futurecast taking you to 8:00 a.m. on sunday.
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so tomorrow morning, late tonight and close to ukiah, then once we are closer to the early morning hours, if you are out at 2:00 or 3:00, you get the rain coming through. this is 8:00 a.m. sunday. we'll take you to 11:00 a.m. with more rain near san francisco. then by 2:00 p.m. it is near san francisco and places north. during the afternoon, near the santa cruz mountains. and it is right near the peninsula. most of the rain will be a quarter of an inch for the northern end of the bay. once you get to santa rosa, closer to a half inch. the south bay, not a whole lot today. still the 70s with the warm front coming ahead of the cold front to give us the muggy feel. so yeah, a.m. mist, clouds and drizzle. a muggy feeling today in the mid-70s. then cooler tomorrow with the rain to the north end of the bay. clear and starting to dry out through monday, tuesday and wednesday. nine days after a san bruno neighborhood erupted into an inferno we know very little about what triggered the blast. but now a critical word is
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emerging. corrosion. pg&e admitted to a mixture of water and oil was corroding the metal in the pipeline that ruptured. it is still up to federal investigators to determine whether corrosion caused the pipe to fail. also, the public utilities commission wants pg&e to hand over a list of the most dangerous pipelines. they asked pg&e to turn the list over as early as friday, but releasing the list could present a threat no national security. the san bruno neighborhood rocked by the explosion remains rattled. crestmore elementary school was evacuated after some reported gas, even though pg&e couldn't find leaks. the students and staff were sent home just in case. >> if you hear a noise, you jump. i heard something on my porch
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and i went that far up. >> crestmore is the second school to have a scare in two days. a santa clara man is behind bars as police say he's a serial bank robber. 32-year-old cyrus techa pulled off five holdups. he's responsible for a string of armed robberies in ana clara, san how iowa and mountainview. coming up at 7:00 on "today in the bay," one of the jonas brothers is lacing up his sneakers. where to go see him as he hits the road for a good cause. now back to the "today" show.
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a beautiful fall-like, crisp day in new york. our thanks to our great crowd out here waving to all their family and friends back home. i'm amy robach along with lester holt. still to come this half hour, talking about a father protecting his daughter. and we're talking specifically a florida man who took matters into his own hands. he confronted the two classmates whom his daughter said were bullying her on the bus. >> he climbed on the bus, approached the classmates, actually ended up getting himself in trouble. we'll show you how his approach
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got him into trouble. >> we were saying, what do you do if you're a parent? it's a tough call to make. the emotions are high. >> yeah, if someone's bothering your kid in a big way. what's up? >> we're also going to be talking about an increasing trend apparently. more and more americans are washing their hands, that is the best defense against germs. we all know that. so we asked a microbiologist to swab a public bathroom and a kitchen to see what's lurking. the results are going to surprise you. but i think they're going to gross you out. >> but they'll also prompt you to take action. bill karins is standing by, now. >> good morning, guys. this is our little anniversary section here today. you've been married ten years, rhode island? how long have you guys been married? >> six. >> any advice for them for the next four? >> let's take a look at your weekend forecast. for the most part, watching pretty nice weather. south texas a lot of heavy rain over the next couple of days. much cooler conditions arriving
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in the northern plains. also down in the southeast. watch out for the rip currents from hurricane igor well out in the atlantic. the rip currents will be felt right into sunday. the pacific northwest also where we're dealing with a lot of rain. especially seattle and portland. ki all right. good saturday to u. craig herrerahere. we have rain in the recast.ra most of this isst for the north end of the bay. that will happen tomorrow. for today, muggy conditions, a lot of cloud cover and drizzle near the north bay and into the city. 65 for a high today in san francisco. 75 in livermore. 75 in napa. 76 in san jose. factor in the warm air and the humidity and it will feel stickier than that. a little cooler tomorrow with rain from san francisco and places north. you probably like the nfl, too. if you do, i don't even have to sell this game on sunday night, manning bowl two. the second time the brothers
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have met, eli and peyton. who will win this time? sunday night, lucas oil stadium. they can leave the roof open. temperatures 70 to 75 degrees. a great game sunday night on nbc. got a pick in that game, colts, giants? >> giants. >> giants fans. we'll see sunday night. back to you, amy. >> bill, thank you. when 15-year-old phoebe prince committed suicide after classmates allegedly harassed her, school bullying was thrown into the spotlight. now a florida dad took matters into his own hands, after his daughter told him other children were bullying her on the school bus. nbc's kerry sanders has the story. >> everybody sit down. >> reporter: on a school bus in suburban orlando a father's fury caught on a security camera. >> my daughter [ bleep ] this damn bus and [ bleep ] and now this is it. >> reporter: 42-year-old james jones arrested for disorderly conduct admits his temper got the better of him when he unloaded on some children who he claims were bullying his 13-year-old daughter, who
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suffers from cerebral palsy. in the deputy's report, jones alleges school boys on the bus had placed an open condom on his daughter's head, smacked her on the back of the head, twisted her ear and shouted rude comments at her. >> my daughter is not going to be hated and -- what they done, okay? i'm very sorry. i apologize. i served -- this is not just me. >> reporter: in the deputy's report, it said jones had called the school to complain, but nopg was done. the deputy writes, the school has two adults on the bus and attempts to control the children. but they didn't even speak english. >> this is my daughter, and -- >> reporter: students say it was his threat to kill that was most upsetting. >> you can't just kill kids. >> reporter: a quarter of all public school kids report being bullied weekly, if not daily. and the experts say, often, parents don't hear about it until it's a crisis. and as we've seen before, the
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consequences can sometimes turn deadly. in massachusetts, prosecutors say classmates tormented 15-year-old phoebe prince in school hallways and online for months. she hanged herself at home. the children's movement of florida has been studying the problem of bullying. >> it's not going away. frankly, it's escalating. every school ought to have a anti-bullying program. >> reporter: bullying in schools. one in three teenagers say it's happened to them. the difficulty, getting the victims to speak up before it blows up. for "today," kerry sanders, nbc news, miami. >> and for more insight we're joined by susan lipkin, psychologist and bullying expert. good morning. >> hi. >> it's such a sad thing to see because i think as a parent all of us can see ourselves in that man's position, where you're so angry. he contacted the school. nothing was being done to his satisfaction. and so he lost it.
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and he admitted it. he said he was sorry. but you say not only is it perhaps inappropriate to do that, but you say it's not productive. nothing comes of this type of behavior. >> yeah, what really happens is it backfires. and it's worse for the child. there was a bus driver, other two people on the bus, the school system and you really have to use those formats in order to get something done. >> but if you feel like you're not getting any response from the school, what do you do then? >> well, you really have to protect your child and teach them how not to be a victim. that's the first thing. second thing is probably not even put your child on the bus if it's an unsafe place. and third is to make enough noise that it goes up the chain of command to the superintendent or whoever is in charge to say, hey, my child is being harassed or being hurt or this is violent behavior that cannot exist in a school environment. >> is it ever appropriate for a parent to approach the bully or perhaps even the bully's parents, if they don't feel like the proper authorities are doing what they should? can you take matters into your own hands, given the right
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approach? >> my experience is that it never works. that if you approach the parent of a bully, that they are themselves perhaps bullies, and that the parent as a victim never wins. so it doesn't work basically. >> it's a bit confusing. because i think a lot of parents, bullying obviously has become a major story, unfortunately because of the phoebe prince case in massachusetts that kerry sanders referenced. where this girl who never told anyone she was being bullied, didn't tell her parents, took matters into her own hands and committed suicide. yet then you have this florida girl who told her dad, he went into this rant that got him arrested. obviously you want to say there's a middle approach here. that might be easy to say, but it's probably really hard to do. what do we need to be talking about with our kids? >> well, i think we need to teach them that they should not be a victim, that they have the right and the duty to protect their own space and to defend themselves. the second thing is we have to train bystanders to support all this information. we have to give them systems and
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a follow-up team. like a bully prevention team that would go in and interview and be on top of this. and we have to teach parents and everybody in the community from school aide to the bus driver to anybody to report bullying or to intervene and learn how to do it. >> we're hearing more about bullying, do you think it's actually becoming a worse problem in our society? or are we just hearing about it, and if so what does that say about how we're raising our children. >> i call it vulture culture. i think that we have winner, loser mentality. and i think that it is increasing. it's becoming more violent. it's becoming more sexual. it's increasing daily. more and more children don't want to go to school or are having problems with bullying. so i think it is a major problem. >> all right. parents need to know about and address. susan lipkin, thanks so much. coming up next, what germs are lurking around your bathroom and kitchen? the answers will surprise you. but first, these messages. allergies put me in a fog.
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now to a new series this morning, what lurks from kitchens to cabs, doorknobs to handrails, germs are impossible to avoid. every surface we touch is a breeding ground for bacteria. when we take a closer look, what germs will we actually find? first up, what's lurking in our kitchens and bathrooms? reha we hate to think about it, but science doesn't lie. germs are everywhere. >> our hands pick up bacteria, and they leave those bacteria behind on the next thing we touch. >> the first line of defense, hand washing, but a study released this week showed that, although the number of people washing up increased, not everyone does it. after going to a public rest room, 85% of adults wash their hands, leaving plenty of germs still lurking. with swabssa >> every point that you touch
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with your hand. once someone uses the toilet, they're going to wash their hands. you would expect to find bacteria out here. because it is the first thing they touch, and we'll see. soil on here, whether or not there's bacteria on that we'll see. >> reporter: from your home to your office, there's no escape from the biggest germ hot spot, the kitchen. >> we find more dangerous bacteria in a kitchen than we do in a bathroom. food comes in, contaminated with these bacteria like e. coli or salmonella. >> reporter: wet places like the sink are a breeding ground for bacteria. >> the drain is one of the areas where you get a lot of bacteria growing because it's always wet, and you can see that some stuff came off. the sponge always the most heavily contaminated object in the kitchen because it's the one thing that is always being used to clean up. >> reporter: so for a little more about what we fund lurking
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here with the lab results microbiologist joie rubeno. good to see you. >> good morning, lester. >> let's start with the sponge. why is that such a germ magnet? >> i like to call the sponge the condo for germs. it has plenty of food, it's wet, there's a lot of nooks and crannies and any time you use it, clean it up, you're picking up germs and they're going to grow in there. >> what did you find? >> we found a lot of bacteria. we found the kind of bacteria you might find on raw foods like vegetables or meats. >> so maybe toss it in the microwave from time to time. >> microwave for did.
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found very similar types of bacteria. first thing i tested was a package of chicken. that was thawing in the sink. and i found very similar or same bacteria on the package of chicken and also in the sink and in the sink drain. >> would you expect to find these things in a kitchen that otherwise appears tidy and clean? >> oh, yeah. yeah. you can't see germs. sometimes even the cleanest kitchens are contaminated with bacter bacteria. >> so there's a lesson to be learned about the way germs spread. >> you can't see them spread. but you have to be aware of the types of material, like food, that will spread germs in a kitchen. so the juices that are associated with raw chicken and baef, are contaminated with bacteria, they get on our hands or wherever that food is placed. you can't see it. you can't smell it. >> speaking of raw chicken you did not find e. coli and salmonella in this case.
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but the potential is there? >> yes, the potential is there. salmonella takes a little bit more laboratory manipulation to find it. we didn't go to that point. but the kind of bacteria we found is an indication salmonella could have been there. >> the bathroom we saw you testing was a public bathroom. >> it was quite surprising. it was quite clean. the oenlt bacteria i found were the kind that would be associated with our skin. staff dockous which is a harpless skin bacteria. >> i always say you wash your hands and dry them and then you've got to open up the door handle to get out. should you touch it? >> don't touch it. i'll use paper towel that i dried my hands with and use that to open up the door. >> seems like a little overkill. >> but, yes, but you know what, all these little practices do help us stay healthy. especially now, cold and flu saens. >> you also tested home bathrooms. >> i found similar types of bacteria in the wet areas, drain, and also in the shower
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area. and the shower is a great home for bacteria. it's always wet or damp or mostly. and all that bacteria on our bodies, we wash it off and it gets deposited in the shower. >> you described the story of transference. everything you touch and move and touch this. what are some general rules we should keep in mind? >> well, first know that in the kitchen, raw meats and poultry come in to your kitchen are contaminated with bacteria. be aware, wash your hands before, during, and after you're preparing a male. once that chicken goes into the oven the heat will kill any bacteria, salmonella. but any juices left behind, make sure no other foods come in contact with it. make sure you clean, sanitize, disinfect those surfaces. before you prepare a salad or cut some bread that you're not going to heat because the heat kills bacteria. >> it's fascinating. i think a fist bump is perfect there. >> absolutely. >> nice to have you on. tomorrow, what's lurking in public places from elevator buttons to cabs to the atm.
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what we found coming up tomorrow. up next, dack shepherd. state is in a real mess. and i'm not going to give you any phony plans or snappy slogans that don't go anywhere. we have to live within our means. we have got to take the power from the state capitol and move it down to the local level, closer to the people. and no new taxes, without voter approval. we have got to pull together not as republicans or as democrats
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parenthood is back on nbc, with a great second season ahead. and dack shepherd, who plays crosby braverman is here with a sneak peek. good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> we're doing great. but you must be doing really great because you got your second season. it's the big celebration. >> yeah. >> and you know, what do you think set "parenthood" apart from the other shoes? why do you think it's been so successful? >> i think a couple things. there's an incredible amount of actors on the show. and i think that's exciting. the cast is pretty unbeatable. and i think we handled our family drama without being too precious and we have a really good sense of humor on the show. and i think that makes us somewhat unique. >> you had some interesting plot twists this year. let's see if i get this right, you found you had a child
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falling for his former flame. what else twists do we expect in the coming season? >> well, the mother of the 5-year-old child that i found out i had has moved to new york, and that is proving to be quite challenging, as i live in berkeley. >> yeah. >> and in terms of the viewers, do you think there's a real relatability factor? as parents are watching this. you said there's some humor. >> you know what's really funny, my brother who loves the show, he'll call me every wednesday and go, oh, my god i'm so much like peter krause's character. they're telling my story. and then the very next week, he is like, i am lauren graham, you must be telling them what to write. every week he identifies with everyone but me. >> you've been a very busy guy. you got a movie freebie which played at sundance. >> yes. it was at sundance this year. and came out this weekend in new york. it's about a couple that's been married for seven years, and
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they're feeling a little bit of lag in their sex life. so they decide to have a one night stand and see if that reinvigorates things. >> and do you think the fans of "parenthood" will be fans of "the freebie"? >> you know, i don't know. yeah, maybe. >> you might be able to bring people in to the sitcom. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. well, this is a drama. make no mistake. >> yeah. >> this doesn't go well for them. >> okay. >> it's an idea -- >> as one night stands often don't. >> they're not the best medicine for a marriage, i don't think. >> well, great having you on. >> thanks a lot. >> thanks for getting up early. i know these aren't your hours. >> best of luck on the show. >> i considered just staying straight up. >> we find that doesn't work. >> it doesn't work? >> you don't get used to it. emale announcer ] you use the healing power of touch every day. ♪ now the healing power of touch just got more powerful. introducing precise from the makers of tylenol. precise pain relieving cream works quickly
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. good morning. i'm garvin thomas. next on saturday morning in the bay, many are demanding answers. >> i feel liki just lost my own daughter. plus, remembering those who did not survive the san bruno blast. >> it is kind of weird to have my information out there about what i'm looking at on my computer. and following your cyber steps. who is on your cyber trail and why it is important to find out. [ male announcer ] jerry brown's good old days.
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but what really happened? cnn -- not me -- cnn says his assertion about his tax record was "just plain wrong." jerry brown went out there and took credit for the fact that the people of california voted for proposition 13, which lowered taxes, which he opposed. and now he's going around taking credit for it. he raised taxes as governor of california. he had a surplus when he took office and a deficit when he left. he doesn't tell the people the truth.
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